Monitoring and Evaluation Process
Africa Bridge has a robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) process in Tanzania. At the inception of each new ward, we conduct a baseline evaluation, and we measure against the same markers in an endline evaluation at graduation. One of these endline surveys formed the basis of the Independent Impact Analysis in 2021. Recently, the staff in Tanzania participated in three M&E training workshops in preparation for enhanced processes for a new ward.
Independent Program Impact Analysis 2021
In 2021, Africa Bridge engaged the University of Texas and MarketShare Associates to conduct an independent impact analysis of our work. When a ward begins, we conduct a baseline well-being survey and then measure against it when the ward graduates. This was the fourth time we have assessed program impacts upon graduation in a ward, and to a great extent the results of the Kisondela Well-being Survey mirrored the findings from those earlier assessments.
Key Findings Include:
Africa Bridge has inspired entrepreneurial reinvestment. The study found that beneficiaries reinvested their money in a variety of enterprises. This suggests that the Africa Bridge approach encourages a mindset of entrepreneurialism and growth.
Our evaluation of Africa Bridge found large and statistically significant improvements in the lives and livelihoods of program participants. Africa Bridge’s approach—building livestock and agricultural cooperatives as a means toward better enabling families to care for the most vulnerable children—stands out among similar interventions, having reduced extreme poverty among participating families from 75% to 46% over the course five years.”Heath Prince, Co-Director and Research Associate, Ray Marshall Center, University of Texas at Austin.